By the 1950s, Armstrong was a widely beloved American icon and cultural ambassador who commanded an international fanbase. However, a growing generation gap became apparent between him and the young jazz musicians who emerged in the postwar era such as Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and Sonny Rollins. The postwar generation regarded their music as abstract art and considered Armstrong’s vaudevillian style, half-musician and half-stage entertainer, outmoded and Uncle Tomism, “… he seemed a link to minstrelsy that we were ashamed of.” He called bebop “Chinese music”. While touring Australia, 1954, he was asked if he could play bebop. “Bebop?” he husked. “I just play music. Guys who invent terms like that are walking the streets with their instruments under their arms.” “Mack the Knife” was released in 1956. Record of Armstrong’s visit to Brazil, 1957. In June 1950, Suzy Delair performed rehearsals of the song “C’est si bon” with Aimé Barelli and his Orchestra at the Monte Carlo casino where Louis Armstrong was finishing the evening. Armstrong enjoyed the song and he recorded the American version in New York City on June 26, 1950. In the 1960s, he toured Ghana and Nigeria. After finishing his contract with Decca Records, he became a freelance artist and recorded for other labels. He continued an intense international touring schedule, but in 1959 he suffered a heart attack in Italy and had to rest.
In 1964, after over two years without setting foot in a studio, he recorded his biggest-selling record, “Hello, Dolly!”, a song by Jerry Herman, originally sung by Carol Channing. Armstrong’s version remained on the Hot 100 for 22 weeks, longer than any other record produced that year, and went to No. 1 making him, at 62 years, 9 months and 5 days, the oldest person ever to accomplish that feat. In the process, he dislodged the Beatles from the No. 1 position they had occupied for 14 consecutive weeks with three different songs. External audio Louis Daniel Armstrong talks with Studs Terkel on WFMT; 1962/6/24, 33:43, Studs Terkel Radio Archive. Armstrong kept touring well into his 60s, even visiting part of the communist bloc in 1965. He also toured Africa, Europe, and Asia under the sponsorship of the US State Department with great success, earning the nickname “Ambassador Satch” and inspiring Dave Brubeck to compose his jazz musical The Real Ambassadors.
By 1968, he was approaching 70 and his health began to give out. He suffered heart and kidney ailments that forced him to stop touring. He did not perform publicly at all in 1969 and spent most of the year recuperating at home. Meanwhile, his longtime manager Joe Glaser died. By the summer of 1970, his doctors pronounced him fit enough to resume live performances. He embarked on another world tour, but a heart attack forced him to take a break for two months. Armstrong made his last recorded trumpet performances on his 1968 album Disney Songs the Satchmo Way. (by wikipedia)
And here´s a great concert from 1962, I guess this was a radio broadcast show, released 30 years later.
Let´s celebrate one of these great jazz musicians from the erly days of Jazz !
Louis Armstrong (trumpet, vocals)
Danny Barcelona (drums)
Jewel Brown (vocals)
Billy Cronk (bass)
Joe Darensbourg (clarinet)
Billy Kyle (piano)
Trummy Young (trombone)
01. When It’s Sleepy Time Down South (René/Muse) 3.17
02. (Back Home Again In) Indiana (McDonald/Hanley) 4.22
03, A Kiss To Build A Dream On Kalmar/Ruby/Hammerstein) 4.27
04. My Bucket’s Got A Hole In It (‘Williams) 3.16
05. Tiger Rag (LaRocca/DaCosta) 1.26
06. Now You Has Jazz (Porter) 6.51
07. High Society (Williams/Piron) 3.03
08. Ole Miss (Handy) 3.48
09. When I Grow Too Old To Dream (Hammerstein/Wood/Romberg) 4.17
10. Tin Roof Blues (Roppolo/Mares/Pollack/Brunies/Stitzel/Melrose) 5.18
11. Yellow Dog Blues (Handy) 3.00
12- When The Saints (Traditional) 3.33
13. Struttin’ With Some Barbecue (Armstrong/Raye) 5.51
14. Nobody Knows The Trouble I’ve Seen (Traditional) 3.13
15. Blueberry Hill (Lewis/Stock/Rose) 3.27
16. The Faithful Hussar (Frantzen) 5.10
17. Saint Louis Blues (Handy) 3.36
18. After You’ve Gone (Creamer/Layton) 3.23
19. Mack The Knife (Brecht/Weill) 4.54
Louis Daniel Armstrong (August 4, 1901 – July 6, 1971)